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's goal, halt mitt romney's momentum. powell ryan he well do anything to keep it going. abc's diane sawyer sat down exclusively with president obama and she asked him, what happened at that first debate? >> well, governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> how bad? >> well not the first time i have had a bad night. i think what's important that the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. >> reporter: romney is on the hot seat. he told iowa's des moines register, quote, there is no legislation with regards to b s bors -- abortion that i am familiar with that would become part of my agenda. >> do i believe the supreme court should overturn roe v. wade. yes. >> before he left for kentucky. ryan was grilled by report ears but romney seeming to downplay what he would do about abortion as president. >> our position is unified, consistent and hasn't changed. >> the president agreed that romney has been consistent. >> governor romney has made very clear that, itch a bill comes to his desk that overturns roe v. wade he will be supportive of that. he said i will appoint
kennedy? >> reporter: biden went right at ryan over mitt romney's controversial comments calling 47% of americans who don't pay income taxes irresponsible. >> the idea, if you heard that, that little sol little quill on 47%, you think he just made a mistake, then i got a bridge to sell you. >> i think the vice president very well knows sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> but i always say what i mean. >> reporter: when biden wasn't talking, he seemed oddly amused. by our count -- smiling or breaking out in laughter 92 separate times. expressive, often interrupting and occasionally personal. >> this is a bunch of stuff. look, here's the deal. >> what does that mean, a bunch of stuff? >> well, it means it's simply inaccurate. >> it's irish. >> it -- it is. we irish call it malarkey. >> thanks for the translation. >> reporter: and ryan needled ryan over the president's performance in last week's debate. >> i know you're under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground. but i think people would be better served if we don't keep interrupting each other. >> r
. >> reporter: and mitt romney said he is confident ryan will have a strong performance. >> i think paul ryan will do great. thank you. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview with diane sawyer, the president talked about what he expects from joe biden. >> what's your message to joe biden about tomorrow night? >> you know, i think joe just needs to be joe. >> reporter: biden scored points in his last debate four years ago, in what turned out to be the most-watched vice presidential debate in history. >> the notion that somehow because i'm a man, i don't know what it's like to raise two kids alone. i don't know what it's like to have a child you're not sure is going to make it -- i understand. i understand. >> emotional moment four years ago, jon. the audience could top that audience tonight. and it's coming as we're getting new, solid polls from the key battleground states of virginia, florida and ohio. >> reporter: yeah. this is the key thing. we've seen a national polls, romney has gained on the president in some cases. actually moved ahead of the president. now, what we're seeing that romne
-identified republicans were up in the post-debate polls. the wind has been at romney's back. for sure. the composition changed and changed numbers as well. >> i think, paul ryan's fourth debate since he has been in congress. definitely new to that game. joe biden has been around, 40-plus years in the senate. >> a long time. pressure on both. for sure. >> it will be high drama. one month after the deadly attack on the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans in benghazi we were learning more about security fears leading up to the assault. state department documents show the u.s. embassy in libya asked for a four-month extension for a 16-member security team and the team's commander tells abc news, that ambassador chris stevens wanted the security force to stay even longer, past august. but no request was actually received. in fact, a request for an extension past august, it was, never made even though it had been confirmed and it was granted. but they had never actually put that request through. but tragic, if indeed that request was never made. >> conditions in the country were worsening. of
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